Upon release from incarceration, an ex-offender is left with many obstacles to overcome, and often has no job, no home, very little money and few opportunities for a better life. Faced with these realities, many fall back into crime because they see no other options.
People who go back to the same place, hang out with the same friends and do the same activities get the same result: more prison. Right now, the national average for recidivism (returning to prison within three years) is 65%.
At FreedomWorks, the graduates have a recidivism rate under 8%. And for every ex-felon we keep clean and sober, we’re saving the state of Minnesota $37,500.
Our six to nine-month ministry process focuses on helping former offenders reconnect to their family, their faith, full-time employment, the recovery community and the local church.